The week that was

In case folks hadn’t read the story in the Star Tribune reporting that 5th District candidate Alan Fine had records of an arrest for domestic assault expunged, the Alan Fine campaign helped by putting out a news release asking it to be retracted.

We are deeply concerned about the apparently strategic release of this story due to the close proximity of the general election on November 7 and following the critical campaign mailing to 100,000 voters in the 5th district regarding factual information which specifically connects Keith Ellison to a questionable organization. We also feel that this story was written in retaliation to Alan Fine’s making public his displeasure that the StarTribune refused to publish his recent Op-Ed submission (which can be found at and to mute the claims made in this latest mailing piece. It is our hope that we will have a response from the StarTribune in a timely manner regarding this demand of apology and retraction. “It is my hope, that this kind of abuse of the power of the Minnesota media would not become the norm or politics as usual fof future candidates.”

After a week like this in politics, all I can say is… “there’s a norm?”